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Austria Prohibits Murder Rite Book

A book accusing the Jews of systematic practice of ritual murder was confiscated yesterday by the Austrian government. The book had been enjoying a wide circulation in every section of Austria, to the indignation of Austrian Jewry.

The Vienna Jewish community and other central Jewish organizations repeatedly protested to the government, requesting the Minister of Justice to prohibit the spreading of a vile slander against the Jews, particularly since it is clearly forbidden under the Austrian law.

It was the theory of Dr. Simon Brainin that the Jewish habit of swaying at prayer was intended to afford the body exercise during an occupation that took up so much of many individuals’ time.